If bottle feeding from birth, it is important that colostrum is fed to cria within 6 hours of birth and then for at least 2 days.
If alpaca colostrum is not available then colostrum from deer, goats or cows may be used. Alternatively, Jumpstart™ Full Cream Colostrum is available from your rural retailer.
- Unlike many other infant animals, cria will stop feeding when they are full, so it is best to offer them more than you expect them to drink.
- Mix 200 grams¹ of lamb milk replacer (LMR) per litre of water.
- Add lamb milk replacer (LMR) to one third of the required volume of water and mix thoroughly.
- Top up with water to the correct volume and temperature.
- Clean fresh water should be available at all times.
Anlamb™ feeding guidelines for cria
These tables are a guide only.
|Age||Feeds per day||Milk per feed (mL)||Grams per feed (g)||Daily volume (L)|
|1 day||6||As per Jumpstart™ instructions|
|Day 22 to weaning||3||350mL||70g||1.1L|
- Some rearers have reported increasing this concentration if weight gain is not adequate.
- Cria should be fed colostrum for atleast the first 2 days. Anlamb™ should only be fed during this time if no form of colostrum is available.
- Bottle fed cria often wean themselves earlier than naturally suckled cria. This may happen from around 3 months.